Elected Advisory Neighborhood Commission Article Summary

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David F. Garrison’s article on District of Columbia’s Elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions main purpose is to give the strengths and weakness of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission or ANC, however the article does a better job at explaining how the ANC is being used by DC’s City Council and other city agencies and boards. Also it shows how common the ANC is across American neighborhoods and in the end how the ANC is not truly needed in local government. First, Garrison starts off talking about the structure of the ANC and how it was formed. DC is only ten square miles, however; there are over thirty-seven ANCs. There is no need for all of these separate ANCs in such a small area. It is true that every community is different, however,…show more content…
This really makes the ANC nothing more than almost an interest group. The ANC like an interest group tries to influence government or city agencies to vote in the way the ANC feels is best. Like interest group the ANC is not always to into consideration, and sometimes as Garrison stated they are not even heard in a city meeting. Garrison state that the ANC is buried down on the list to testify and the letters they write are simply thrown into the same filed as other letters. The Garrison's article leaves the reader wondering why is the ANC thought of as a government entity, but the ANC voice is not always heard. Garrison does talk about how city agencies and boards are hesitant to give the ANC such power, but why? Are the city agencies and boards afraid of the ANC gaining too much power or maybe they are afraid of the fact that if they give the ANC power the city agencies and broads would lose some of their own power? Garrison does not address these questions fully in the article. The ANC can also be thought of as the District of Columbia itself when it comes to voting power in the U.S Congress; however the delegate for D.C has more power than the Commissioners. D.C does not have proper representation in the U.S Senate or House of Representatives. D.C constituents do not have any representation the U.S Senate and only has a delegate that is not allowed to vote on the House floor, but can in congressional committees and procedural

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